• Lyon hires new faculty, staff

    Lyon College has hired several new faculty and staff members for the fall semester, according to a news release. Dr. Suzanne Cunningham praises experience as the key to success. She brings 35 years of teaching experience to Lyon College as a visiting assistant professor of …

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  • Fire truck pull benefits MDA

    Five teams and hundreds of supporters turned out for Saturday morning’s second annual Muscular Dystrophy Fire Truck Pull, hosted by the Batesville Fire Department. Batesville Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn told the crowd that even though only half as many teams showed up this year, more …

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  • Developing communities: Peace Corps volunteer empowered by experience

    THAILAND — Eating snakes and rats are not things Elliot Brannon grew up eating but since joining the Peace Corps and moving to Thailand, he’s learned to love them. But it wasn’t the cuisine that propelled Brannon to service in the Peace Corps — it …

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  • Bond set – Quail Valley man charged after threatening to burn church

    In jail under an investigative hold for allegedly threatening to burn down a church, a Quail Valley man with an extensive criminal history is now facing a class D felony charge of terroristic threatening. In a court affidavit Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Mike Mundy …

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  • Possible fire at local KFC

    Batesville firefighters and personnel work a scene at Kentucky Fried Chicken and Long John Silver’s after receiving reports of a possible fire shortly after 6 this morning. No fire was discovered but Batesville Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn said smoke was found to be coming out …

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  • Phony money leads to 21 forgery counts

    Claiming he was given counterfeit money for his bicycle and a big-screen TV, a Heber Springs man is free on $50,000 bond after being arrested on 21 counts of forgery and counterfeit money. In a court affidavit filed Tuesday, Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Michael Thatch …

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  • Meth found in traffic stop

    Shawn Pridemore WALNUT RIDGE — Two Missouri men were arrested for drugs Monday during a traffic stop near Portia, according to a news release from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. Goldman Truett, 41, of Dexter, Mo., and Shawn Pridemore, 20, of Chillichothe, Mo., were arrested …

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  • Drunk man arrested in street

    A Sulphur Rock man was arrested after police received a report of a man lying in the intersection of Moore Circle and Sanders Road around 9 p.m. Friday, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. When Deputy Shawn Stephens arrived he said …

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  • City offices closed for holiday

    The city of Newark announced it will close its offices on Monday for the Labor Day holiday and there will be no trash pickup. Normal business hours and trash routes will resume on Tuesday. In the city of Batesville, Tuesday’s trash routes will run on …

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  • Copper taken from vacant houses

    Police say they have no clue as to when two vacant houses may have been broken into, but it was easy to tell that copper wire and plumbing was the target. Independence County Deputy Michael Moody said he met with Tommy Jones Monday morning in …

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  • Fire chief hits vehicle

    No one was injured in a two-vehicle accident involving a Batesville Fire Department pickup just before noon Monday. Arkansas State Police Trooper David Jones said Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn was attempting to pull out of the driveway of Market Place Shopping Center onto Harrison Street …

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  • Night music near cemetery concerns neighbors

    Reports of strange late night music near Hopewell Cemetery has neighbors concerned, according to Deputy Michael Moody with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Moody said around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon he spoke with a neighbor in the area who told him there had been odd incidents …

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